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Hallowe'en Party

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 39
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

At a Hallowe'en party, Joyce - a hostile thirteen-year-old - boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.

That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the "evil presence". But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double murderer.

©1969 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers

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Far from her best

Late Christie, so most of the intricate plotting of the Golden Age Christie is gone, and instead we get repetitive dialogue. Mark Gatiss' script for the TV adaptation does a great job of tightening the plot and eliminating some loose ends. Still, there's some good old undemanding fun to be had, and Hugh Fraser's performance is very good as usual.

Also, curiously, the chapter indicators have been edited out, so you don't know when you're beginning a new chapter nor in which chapter you are.

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  • Gudrun
  • 26-10-16

A great Mystery

This hit me just right in that it had lots of characters, lots of wrong turns and a good solid ending. It was a great Poirot. I enjoyed the descriptions, and the feel of this book. It is now one of my favourite Poirots.

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  • Amanda
  • 09-08-13

Good but slow.

It was a good book don't get me wrong but it was very slow to develop. This may just be the Christie style, but at times I was bored. However, I was surprised by the end and did enjoy trying to follow the detectives thought pattern and predict the killer. Definitely a very in depth and complicated story which deserves props. And its Christie.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-18

AMAZING reading by Hugh Fraser

It was an Excellent job by Hugh Frasier! he really beought the characters to life!

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  • l howard
  • 22-01-16

A party

The plot was interesting and flowed along at a good pace. The narrator kept your interest with different tones for the characters.

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  • AmazonianCat
  • 17-10-16

Love this story

One of my favorite Agatha Christie stories. It is fun, a good mystery and has atmosphere! Cuddle up with this around October and let Hugh Fraser take you away.

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  • Dane
  • 19-12-19

hugh Fraser is a delight to listen to

charming characters and an engaging story, as always. the narrator really adds to the experience, very engaging.

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  • eBay
  • 23-10-19

Great but VERY few flaws

I loved this book very much. I think the only problem for me was that I got lost a lot. Of course that could just be my problem. It still had a good story and how it played out, Agatha Christie, to me, is called “The Queen of Mystery” for a reason. I had no clue it was this person. She is absolutely amazing at making you think you know who but the next clue makes you wrong, or she turns it around and makes something else happen. I HIGHLY recommend this book to people that like Halloween or parties. I don’t really like parties and Halloween, let’s just say is not my favorite holiday, but I STILL loved it. So I recommend this to anyone and especially to those that like Halloween.

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  • Melissa Rose
  • 10-10-19

Not really Halloween themed, but still amazing

Well, October is here, and with the arrival of the spooky season, I felt like reading (or listening to something, rather) suitably Halloween themed. So, I decided it was time to venture into the world of Hercule Poirot, and I purchased Hallowe'en party. I was delighted.

Unfortunately, I am not going to lie, for a novel entitled Hallowe'en party, the Halloween theme is disappointingly minimal; the murder takes place at a Halloween party, and that is it. However, that is my only real complaint about this book. Aside from that issue, the plot and mystery are quite clever; there were multiple twists and turns, and although I figured out the culprit, I was unable to guess the motives.

As for the narrator, Hugh Fraser, I have no complaints. As a listener, I felt that is voice was spot on and that he did the perfect job bringing this book to life.

Overall, even though Hallowe’en Party was not as Halloween themed as I would have liked, I thoroughly enjoyed my first foray into the world of Hercule Poirot (and in fact, into Agatha Christie novels). I would recommend this book to others who have not read/ listened to it, and I look forward to continuing with this series.

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  • Jocelyn Cox
  • 27-09-19

Just perfect

The narrator is excellent, from switching accents to keeping the information engaging. The story itself is well crafted, giving you every bit of evidence to make you feel like you're solving the mystery along with H.P.

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  • Kelly
  • 11-11-18

Christie does it again

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Christie book where the “whodunnit” surprised me and I was so pleased with the writing.
As for the performance, I am always more likely to purchase an Agatha Christie audiobook of it’s read by Hugh Fraser and her did not disappoint here.
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